Environmental Protection

Our commitment to protecting the environment and to safeguarding the health and safety of our employees is at the center of everything we do at Trinseo.

Our Core Values guide us in striving ever forward to continuously measure our impact on the environment and improve our processes, so that we may prevent adverse environmental impacts, reduce and prevent wastes and emissions, and promote resource conservation at every stage of the life cycles of our products.

2020 Environmental Reporting

Trinseo monitors and tracks our environmental performance at plants globally, with the goal of continually reducing emissions, waste, water intake, and energy consumption.

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* Base year performance for 2017 has been recalculated in 2020 to reflect Trinseo's acquisition of Latex Binders production facilities and related infrastructure in Rheinmünster, Germany, and rail operations at the Company's Midland, Michigan, U.S., site.

Product Safety & Stewardship

In alignment with the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® Product Safety Code, Trinseo has Product Stewards, as well as Regional Product Stewardship Leadership, in every region around the world where our materials are transported and sold. They are responsible for defining and supporting regulatory compliance issues and conforming to product regulations and industry standards related to human health and environmental risks, chemical inventories, and product regulatory restrictions.

Through a six-step process, we maintain the integrity of our products over time by:

1. Gathering existing scientific information about potential hazards of our product
2. Determining likely levels of exposure by considering factors such as product composition, manufacturing practices, and applications
3. Evaluating risks to human health and the environment
4. Revisiting the product safety process periodically to review best practices and identify and correct information gaps
5. Managing and/or reducing risks accordingly
6. Documenting conclusions

Climate Strategy

Climate change has a significant impact on our world, particularly regarding extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels, and regulations limiting the emission of greenhouse gases. In 2020, we unveiled a Climate Change Goal as part of the Company’s 2030 Sustainability Goals, and have begun to implement plans to achieve this goal. Developing our Implementation Plan to achieve this goal included identifying and assessing recognized climate-related risks and opportunities. The process helped to evaluate and provide insights into market and technology shifts, stakeholder expectations, policy and legal developments, and physical risks.

Circular Solutions

Circular solutions have been identified as one of the most promising opportunities for achieving a future in which our collective actions minimize the impact we have on the world in which we live. Over the years, we have taken significant steps to advance circularity, particularly for polystyrene. As a founding member of Styrenics Circular Solutions — a consortium dedicated to accelerating the transformation of the polystyrene industry and fully realizing the circularity of polystyrene — we are driving the adoption of new technologies to find new methods for polystyrene recycling, creating an infinitely recyclable and sustainable material. This experience and our expertise in circular solutions establishes us as a forward-thinking partner and a resource to all our customers. 

Learn more about Trinseo’s involvement with Styrenics Circular Solutions.

Mass Balance

As part of our ongoing transformation to becoming a leader in sustainable solutions, Trinseo has secured Mass Balance certification for four families of products manufactured in Europe from the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC), including polystyrene, polycarbonate, synthetic rubber, and styrene. Mass balance is a chain of custody model designed to track of the total amount of input of sustainable raw materials throughout the production cycle and ensure an appropriate allocation to the output of finished goods – thus enabling the tracking of sustainably advantaged materials through complex value chains.

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Learn more about Mass Balance.

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